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Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 12:30 p.m. MST

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salt lake, UT

“Many people saw the world facing some serious problems come 2050.”
"Most people evaluate their lives very stably from year to year."
These two statements taken together speak to an interesting part of the human psychology that has been stubbornly persistent since at least the invention of the written word (and I suspect much longer). People typically have always seemed to view themselves as generally happy but see doom and gloom for the not so distant future of mankind in general.

Roy, UT

Only 1000 in the sample, it seems kind of small for an accurate conclusion on how Americans view morality/immorality. We are way too tolerant of deviant behavior nowadays.

Layton, UT


Presuming a method is chosen to get a truly random sample, basic statistical math will show that a sample size of 1,000 will get you a margin of error within three percentage points. I'd call that reasonably accurate.

(Anyone who responds that the pollsters aren't getting a truly random sample, should realize they'll be expected to back up their claim if they desire credibility.)

As for your claim regarding deviant behavior... Perhaps I'm just tolerant of personal freedom, and not imposing my own morality on others. Including you.

Blue AZ Cougar
Chandler, AZ

Unfortunately the behavior of some individuals is becoming less and less deviant only because the behavior itself is becoming more and more acceptable. Also, as mornixuur so graciously pointed out, polling 1,000 people can actually be a statistically meaningful study.

Florien Wineriter
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The CNN survey results are interesting and not surprising but adding comments about Pres. Obama's effects on our moral values sounds like unrelated political propaganda of a T-party spokesman. I expect the DMN and all news media to keep political views and news separate and identified.

Virginia Beach, VA

Morality depends upon society and sub-groups within society. The kind of morality that advances one group at the expense of others is not really indicative of society as a whole. The article seems to measure morality along an axis of lesser to greater morality, and that's not the way it is. You're talking apples and oranges here . . . and the whole produce section.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Surveys can be skewed by a number of factors:
The wording of the questions.
The mix of cell phone vs land line.
Male vs female.
The area of the country.

Here, UT

@DRay & Blue AZ Cougar;

Why is it that when you hear the word "morality" you immediately focus on sex? Isn't cheating on taxes a moral issue? How about bombing wedding parties in Pakistan? How about causing traffic jams to get back at a rival? How about treating others unkindly? Aren't those moral issues to you? All you seem to see is "deviant behavior".

Personally, I see discrimination as a moral issue and bigotry as a "deviant behavior".

Mcallen, TX

* cannot make bad into good
* wrong cannot become right
* evil does not transform into good
* a lie does not become truth
* stealing is not charity

No spin, majority, wishing, judge, or certificate can change these things.

After all that's been said, and done-

Immorality is what it is.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

In comparing this poll to a 1987 Poll by CNN, using the same questions, Morals have changed a great deal in the last 25 years. Lower Morals mean that TV, Movies, and Published Magazines have had a huge affect on the standards of the People of this Nation. Sadly to say it will get even worse in the next 25 years.

Blue AZ Cougar
Chandler, AZ

Ask yourself the same question -- why is it that when you hear the word "morality" you immediately assume I'm talking about sex? I actually didn't say anything about that in my comment, and neither did DRay. Morality/immorality covers a wide spectrum of actions, as you so astutely pointed out. Methinks you jumped the gun a bit there...

But while we're on the topic, let's discuss it. Within that realm of "morality" is same-sex marriage. It's a completely valid thing to discuss. It may not be logical to you why people oppose same-sex marriage, but that doesn't mean we aren't entitled to our own opinions. I believe marriage is a sacred institution that was designed to be between a man and a woman. My rationale for that belief may not make sense in the court of public opinion or legal reasoning, but I believe it is based on something that our maker has designed so that all His children can come to earth and learn. I operate under the principle "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

West Jordan, UT

@Ranch - You've highlighted a key issue; the fact that the meaning of the word "morality" has been lost or skewed in modern society. People today can't even distinguish moral choices from the other choices with which they're faced. In one study, college-age students were asked what "moral choices" they felt they were facing, and some responded "...whether or not [they] should buy a car."

Bountiful, UT

Roy, UT
Only 1000 in the sample, it seems kind of small for an accurate conclusion on how Americans view morality/immorality. We are way too tolerant of deviant behavior nowadays.


If done correctly, 1000 people is plenty to gauge American attitudes with very little margin of error. This is the magic of Statistics.

Cedar Hills, UT

they obviously didn't poll any Democrats ....I think that 93% would be more like 23%.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

A nation lacking morals will cease to exist.

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